Agnaldo Farias

Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
PIPA Nominating Committee Member 2010, 2011 e 2019.

Professor at Architecture and Urbanism College of University of São Paulo, art critic, head curator of Museum Oscar Niemeyer, in Curitiba, and curator of the 3rd Bienal of Coimbra, Portugal.

Farias has curated exhibitions for the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, Institute Tomie Ohtake, Cultural Center Banco do Brasil and Foundation Bienal of São Paulo, among other institutions. He was the curator of the Temporary Exhibiton of the Contemporary Art Museum of the University of São Paulo (1990/1992) and the head curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (1998/2000). During this period of time, Farias carried out remarkable curatorial projects, such as the exhibition “Nelson Leirner: Retrospectiva” (Nelson Leirner: Retrospective) and the first edition of “Projeto Arte/Cidade” (Art/City Project).

At the Foundation Bienal of São Paulo, Farias participated on its 16th and 17th editions (1981 and 1983), on the cinema division of Walter Zanini’s curatorial team. He was the curator of the Brazilian Segment at the 25th Bienal of São Paulo (1992), and adjunct curator of the 23rd Bienal of São Paulo (1996), as well as of the 1st Bienal of Johannesburg (1995). Furthermore, Farias was the head curator of the 29th Bienal of São Paulo (2010) together with the curator Moacir dos Anjos, with whom he also lead the Brazilian Segment of the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), presenting an exhibition of Artur Barrio.

Recent publications include: “Cronicamente errada”, in “Marta Neves – à boca pequena, naturalmente”. Belo Horizonte: Nunc, 2017; “Henrique Oliveira”. São Paulo: Cosac & Naify, 2016; “Penna Prearo – Jornada do Alumbramento de Apollo.” São Paulo: Estudio Madalena, 2016.

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